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Saturday, January 4, 2014

My 3 favourite highlighters! [MUA,Catrice,The Balm]

Hello lovelies! I know it's been a while since my last post and I haven't even wished you a happy new year! I'm terribly sorry but I've been REALLY busy with my job, I really cannot remember the last time I slept properly and for more than 5 hours. I hope this will change because I really need to rest and I have time for absolutely nothing, I was working even on new year's eve :(

Anyway, enough with my drama, let's move to this post's subject (this is my 100th post by the way, woo hoo!) which is as you can see, highlighters and most specifically my 3 favorite ones. I don't own too many, but those 3 are the ones I've been using the most , that I really like and recommend.

MUA's Undress your skin
Catrice's Prime and Fine
The Balm's Mary-Lou Manizer


The Balm's Mary-Lou Manizer and MUA's Undress your skin have an insane pigmentation, Catrice's prime and fine is poorly pigmented but you'll see below the reasons it's in this post.

I almost like The Balm's Mary-Lou Manizer as much as  I like MUA's Undress your skin highlighter, maybe if I had to pick only one I'd go with Mary-Lou Manizer, although I think they're not really comparable as the colors differ way too much.


Catrice's prime and fine,  hardly shows up on your skin unless you build up the intensity but if there's one reason I like it so much it's the fact that it's so subtle and looks so natural you can wear it at work even if it's 07.00 am in the morning and you won't look like a disco ball, most people won't even notice you're wearing a highlighter but it will give you a really fresh look with no effort at all.
Mary-Lou Manizer and Undress your skin are totally wearable too no matter what time it is but just because they're so pigmented you'll have to be really careful not to overdo it and blend very, very well which is slightly more time-consuming than just wearing a highlighter which is not that pigmented. (Mary-Lou by the way looks way more natural for daytime looks than Undress your skin, but they're both pretty no matter what)

From left to right : MUA's Undress your skin, Catrice's Prime and Fine, The Balm's Mary-Lou Manizer)

Texture & Color:

All 3 of them are very soft to touch (first goes Mary-Lou Manizer, then Prime and fine and then Undress your skin I think, but the Catrice one is slightly powdery (when I say slightly, I mean realllllllllllly slightly).

  • Mary-Lou Manizer has a golden sheen to it ,
  •  Prime and fine is a pinky gold shade and 
  • Undress your skin is a silvery pink shade(it doesn't look that natural let me say, especially if you overdo it, but it's such a unique shade and looks gorgeous especially for night make up).
 I love to use Mary-Lou and Undress your skin as an eyeshadow or under the brow as well, Prime and fine is not pigmented enough for this job.

Packaging & Price:

  • As far as packaging goes, of course Mary-Lou Manizer has the prettiest packaging a highlighter could have, it's really sturdy and contains a mirror as well. It holds 8.5 g of product and costs around 20 euros being the priciest of all.
  • Then, Prime and fine has a simple, yet elegant and sturdy packaging, very safe to carry in your bag and it holds 11 g of product. It does not contain a mirror. It costs 5,50 euros if I'm not mistaken.
  • Finally, Undress your skin has the worst packaging, it's not bad looking, it may be plastic but it looks fine, the problem is I don't find it sturdy at all, the lid has broken (not that I really mind, its price is ridiculous and the product itself amazing) and it doesn't contain a mirror. It holds 7.5 g of product and costs 3 pounds.

Which one should you get?

Overall, as I already said I really like all three of them, each one of them for a different reason.
For instance...

  • I only wear the Catrice one at work, I'd never go out at night wearing it because it would not be visible at all, and if you're not pale as me then I don't recommend it. If you have a fair/light skin and are looking for the most natural and subtle cheap but of good quality highlighter out there I'd say go fot it;
  • Undress your skin is probably my favourite for nights out and when I'm using cool toned colors on my face,but not that much for day time. Anyway, I love it and recommend it, and there's no excuse why not buy it, it's ridiculously cheap :P
  • Mary-Lou probably gets the most use out of the three because it looks nice with pretty much all colors and is appropriate for day time but can look super impressing when built up a bit for nights out as well. It may be a bit pricey, but trust me, it's worth it and all the rumours about it are true.
That being said it depends on what you're looking for, your skin color and the money you're willing to pay, all of them are amazing products in my humble opinion and all of them have a huge amount of product to last for years.

Have you tried any of them? Would you? Let me know in the comments below,


  1. I really want to try the Mary-Lou Manizer! :) Great recommedations! xx

  2. Όμορφο και κατατοπιστικό review!
    Δοκίμασα το Mary-Lou από το Beautytestbox και είναι τέλειο προιόν :) Θέλω να το πάρω και σε full size... Αλλά και αυτό της mua μου αρέσει, αν παραγγείλω από mua καμία παλετίτσα σίγουρα θα το προσθέσω στη λίστα!

  3. Όντως καθόλου καλή συσκευασία αυτό από MUA, αλλά το αγαπώ!

  4. Όντως καθόλου καλή συσκευασία αυτό από MUA, αλλά το αγαπώ!

  5. The Balm highlight looks so pretty! I love champagne colored highlights and have been meaning to get this one for quite some time! Thanks for the great post :)

  6. Κατέστρεψε με κιάλλο !!!!!
    Εχω μόνο το ένα, αλλα γλυκοκοιτάζω και το MUA.
    Εχω ήδη 3 ή 4 , αρα νομίζω +2 ακόμα είναι too much. Δεν είναι και προϊόν που το τελειώνεις...
    Ντάξει τώρα, αν τύχει καμία σοοοοουπερ προσφορά, ξέρεις...

    Σούπερ ποστ!

  7. Όλα είναι υπέροχα αν και μου φαίνεται ότι το Mary-Lou κλέβει την παράσταση!

  8. πολυ πολυ ωραιο και λεπτομερες ποστ!!!!!!!!!!! δεν εχω δοκιμασει κανενα απο αυτα και σιγουρα θα τα εχω δτα υποψιν...
    καλη χρονια!

  9. Το περίμενα πώς και πώς αυτό το ποστ χεχεχε! Το MUA και το Balm έχουν μπει στη λίστα και μάλιστα με αυτή τη σειρά ;)

  10. γιατι στα αγγλικα βρε κουκλα???

    1. Συνήθως τα γράφω και στις 2 γλώσσες αλλά τελευταία έχω τόσο λίγο χρόνο με την δουλειά που δεν προλαβαίνω να τα γράψω και στις 2 :( Αν ευκαιρήσω θα συμπληρώσω και την ελληνική version :)

  11. Εντάξει, πρέπει να πάρω το Mary-Lou Manizer!!! ΤΕΛΕΙΟ χρώμα!

  12. Ax τέλεια!! Το mary-lou manizer είναι ένα προϊόν που θέλω πάρα πολύ να αποκτήσω, αλλά και αυτό της Mua φαίνεται τέλειο!! :)

  13. Το mua ειναι υπεροχο κ πολυ βραδυνο, το balm δε το εχω στο ματι καιρο...για καθημερινο εχω ανακαλυψει ενα απο την fm group...και το πιο αγαπημενο απολα που μου τελειωσε ειναι το pink leopard too faced που το χρησιμοποιω και σαν ρουζ......αλλά 32€

  14. how much ?I wanna get them,it's good for me
    Must try the Mary-Lou Manizer! Great recommedations!
    thank you for sharing this to us,big love
    Love your style totally, shall we follow each other and share beauties to each,
    Pls post more!

  15. I love your blog

  16. Υπέροχα είναι όλαααα!! Δηλώνω ερωτευμένη με το mary lou και το θέλω τρελάα!! Έχω ένα από mac κι ένα από sephora, γι αυτό κρατιέμαι, αλλιώς..!! :P

  17. Great blog!!
    Follow each other on gfc/bloglovin?

    Enter my giveaway here:

  18. κατ'αρχήν πολύ ωραία η σύγκριση των τριών!το undress your skin για μένα είναι πολύ έντονο!σαν αποχρώσεις μου άρεσαν πιο πολύ το Mary Lou και τo Prime and Fine κι επειδή δεν θέλω να δώσω τόσα λεφτά θα διαλέξω το δεύτερο που είναι και απαλό!ό.τι πρέπει για τα γούστα μου!αλλά και πάλι πολύ ωραία η σύγκριση!!!

  19. I love your blog

  20. Δεν εχω δοκιμάσει ακόμα κάποιο προιον της catrice, σε αντίθεση με τα άλλα δύο που τα έχω δοκιμάσει, και θέλω πολύ! Nice post :) xx

  21. σε έκανα tag...αν θες πέρνα από το blog μου να το δεις...

  22. Μα τι ωραίο post! Μ' αρέσει που καλύπτει όλα τα γούστα κι όλα τα βαλάντια.. Όσο για την Μαιρούλα, αυτήν την Manizer ντε, ένα έχω να πω: ψάχνω να τη βρω κι όλο εξαντλημένη είναι, τόνωσαν την αγορά οι beauty bloggers αλλά παράγινε πια! Που θα μου πάει, θα την πετύχω ;)

  23. Τέλειο το blog σου!
    Σε περιμένω και στο δικό μου, ελπίζοντας να τα λέμε!


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